'Had to write to him': Dejan Kulusevski says sent message to £22m Tottenham player after what happened at the World Cup
Son and South Korea crashed out of the tournament last night after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Brazil.
Spurs forward Richarlison got on the scoresheet as Tite’s men put in their best display of the World Cup so far.
Kulusevski previewed the fixture yesterday and predicted a narrow Brazil win. Despite his prediction being slightly wide of the mark, the Swede revealed that he texted Son after South Korea earned their place in the last-16.
Paulo Bento’s men pulled off a shock 2-1 victory over Portugal last Friday and Kulusevski says he was blown away by Son’s assist for Hwang Hee-Chan’s late winner.
Kulusevski sent message to Son
Speaking before last night’s clash, Kulusevski told Tottenham’s official website: “I think it’s going to be 1-0, Brazil. I’ve watched Sonny, watched Korea and they are strong, they play with a lot of energy, but I think Brazil is the favourite to win.
“I had to write to Sonny after the Portugal game, because I was so happy seeing that assist, it was fantastic, perfect timing. He was fantastic and that emotion, that’s what football is all about.
“Richy’s volley against Serbia, it has to be the best goal in the tournament. We’ll have to see what’s in store tonight. You never know, maybe Sonny scores twice and Korea win 2-0 you just don’t know, but I think Brazil will edge it. I’m looking forward to watching it later.”
Of course, Son will be devastated to have exited the tournament but South Korea did brilliantly to get through the group stages.
They pipped Rodrigo Bentancur’s Uruguay side and Ghana to second place in the group but faced a really tough draw.
South Korea found themselves 4-0 behind at half-time last night but did manage to grab a consolation goal through Paik Seung-Ho. Son had a chance to get on the scoresheet himself but was denied by a brilliant stop from Alisson Becker.
The Spurs winger didn’t manage to grab a World Cup goal in Qatar but came up big to set-up South Korea’s late-winner against Portugal. Son was pictured in tears at the full-time whistle and despite yesterday’s loss, it was a memorable campaign for the winger.